As our weapons are designed to have ever more autonomy, deeper questions arise. Can the new armaments reliably separate friend from foe? What laws and ethical codes apply? What are we saying when we send out unmanned machines to fight for us? What is the “message” that those on the other side receive? Ultimately, how will humans remain masters of weapons that are immeasurably faster and more “intelligent” than they are? – Excerpt from Wired for War
Date: Tuesday, June 15th, 2010
Location: Westin Charlotte
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $ 35 (WACC members); $ 45 (non-members) – Lunch included
RSVP Information: Please call 704-687-7762 or go to www.worldaffairscharlotte.org to reserve your seat at this program.
Peter W. Singer is the director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative and a senior fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings. Singer’s research focuses on three core issues: the future of war, current U.S. defense needs and future priorities, and the future of the U.S. defense system. Singer lectures frequently to U.S. military audiences and is the author of several books and articles, including Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century. Singer served in President Barack Obama’s defense task force during the 2008 presidential campaign.
He is among the most prominent figures in the evolution of 21st Century Warfare and has received wide recognition for his efforts. His expertise on weaponry and defense makes him a highly-qualified commentator for ongoing military issues such as the regulation of new warfare. He is a frequent contributor to the L.A. Times, New York Times, Boston Globe and the Washington Post. Singer has also provided commentary for various media outlets in the United States and abroad. In 2009, he was named to Foreign Policy Magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers List for his knowledge and insight in world affairs.
Wired for War, his latest publication, deals with the evolution of robotics in combat and the emergence of robotic and drone war fighters. Singer discusses trends in modern warfare and explores the possible social consequences that we may encounter as this technology is applied onto the battlefield. Singer theorizes that the advent of robotic war machinery will change the very fundamentals of war and make society re-evaluate strategy, ethics and politics.